FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditEmail

Taking Grandma to the Curb

by LARRY DORSHKIND

Dear Mr. President,

With regards to your FY2014 budget proposal to cut $230 billion from Social Security payments over 10 years (as almost everyone knows, you propose to use a “chained CPI” to determine cost of living adjustments), I commend you for the conundrum you just handed to the Republican Party. Now, the Republican Party has to agonize and decide which of two directions to take. What a dilemma for them – congratulations to you for presenting them with this dilemma.

The first tack the Republican Party can take may be to effectively run against the Democratic Party in 2014 and 2016 by showing the average American that only the Republican Party can protect them from unwarranted attacks on their beloved safety net as recently proposed by you and the sycophant Democratic Party members who back you. After all, the Republican Party will argue that Social Security is an insurance program, funded by the workers who contribute to it, and, thus, it does not contribute one penny to the National Deficit or Debt. They can point out that it is the exact reverse of the problem you are pointing out that is the real problem – it is the U.S. Treasury that borrows funds from the Social Security Trust Fund, not vice versa. They can point out that, yes, Social Security needs to be improved sometime in the future, but this can be readily accomplished by raising the Cap to, say, $250,000 or, better yet, removing the Cap altogether. They will simply point out that the Democratic Party does not align itself with the 80-99% of Americans who depend upon almost all or every penny of their Social Security insurance checks to make ends meet, and it is the Republican Party that will protect the average citizen’s Social Security insurance plan.

On the other hand, the Republican Party could come out in full-throated approval of your proposal. They may take this tack because you and, by inference, the Democratic Party have joined them in their long-standing position of not proposing that the well-off contribute to alleviating the future Social Security problem. After all, their prime constituents and, by inference, your prime constituents, include financially well-off groups that, at their core, abhor contributing to U.S. governance and, in any case, contributing to the American aspiration of a secure retirement or, at least, a minimum safety net for all.

Mr. President, please do not act coy by not considering that you have joined the Republican camp in protecting the financial elite, the corporate-welfare elite, the corporate-and-wealthy tax-loophole elite, the corporate-and-wealthy tax avoidance elite, the corporate-offshoring elite, the corporate-outsourcing elite, the military-industrial elite, the corporate-and-wealthy Cayman Islands tax-avoidance elite, and, in general, the plundering and money-laundering elite. (Heh, Mr. President, your Attorney General, reporting to you, has not engaged in even one prosecution of Wall Street malfeasance and fraud that caused the recent financial crisis, right?).

Yes, you do not know which tack the Republican Party will take, but I bet you are banking on the second tack. But, Heavens to Betsy, if the Republican Party takes the first tack, you have effectively condemned the Democratic Party to the desert for 40 years. Obviously, you do not care.

Mr. President, I apologize, but I have to cut this letter short. I have to take Grandma out to the curb. Tomorrow is trash day.

Larry Dorshkind can be reached at: mail (at) dorshkind.com

More articles by:
May 25, 2016
Eric Draitser
Obama in Hiroshima: A Case Study in Hypocrisy
Ryan Mallett-Outtrim
Does Venezuela’s Crisis Prove Socialism Doesn’t Work?
Dan Arel
The Socialist Revolution Beyond Sanders and the Democratic Party
Marc Estrin
Cocky-Doody Politics and World Affairs
Sam Husseini
Layers of Islamophobia: Do Liberals Care That Hillary Returned “Muslim Money”?
Susan Babbitt
Invisible in Life, Invisible in Death: How Information Becomes Useless
Mel Gurtov
Hillary’s Cowgirl Diplomacy?
Kathy Kelly
Hammering for Peace
Dick Reavis
The Impeachment of Donald Trump
Wahid Azal
Behind the Politics of a Current Brouhaha in Iran: an Ex-President Ayatollah’s Daughter and the Baha’is
Jesse Jackson
Obama Must Recommit to Eliminating Nuclear Arms
Colin Todhunter
From the Green Revolution to GMOs: Living in the Shadow of Global Agribusiness
Binoy Kampmark
Turkey as Terror: the Role of Ankara in the Brexit Referendum
Dave Lindorff
72-Year-Old Fringe Left Candidate Wins Presidency in Austrian Run-Off Election
May 24, 2016
Sharmini Peries - Michael Hudson
The Financial Invasion of Greece
Jonathan Cook
Religious Zealots Ready for Takeover of Israeli Army
Ted Rall
Why I Am #NeverHillary
Mari Jo Buhle – Paul Buhle
Television Meets History
Robert Hunziker
Troika Heat-Seeking Missile Destroys Greece
Judy Gumbo
May Day Road Trip: 1968 – 2016
Colin Todhunter
Cheerleader for US Aggression, Pushing the World to the Nuclear Brink
Jeremy Brecher
This is What Insurgency Looks Like
Jonathan Latham
Unsafe at Any Dose: Chemical Safety Failures from DDT to Glyphosate to BPA
Binoy Kampmark
Suing Russia: Litigating over MH17
Dave Lindorff
Europe, the US and the Politics of Pissing and Being Pissed
Matt Peppe
Cashing In at the Race Track While Facing Charges of “Abusive” Lending Practices
Gilbert Mercier
If Bernie Sanders Is Real, He Will Run as an Independent
Peter Bohmer
A Year Later! The Struggle for Justice Continues!
Dave Welsh
Police Chief Fired in Victory for the Frisco 500
May 23, 2016
Conn Hallinan
European Union: a House Divided
Paul Buhle
Labor’s Sell-Out and the Sanders Campaign
Uri Avnery
Israeli Weimar: It Can Happen Here
John Stauber
Why Bernie was Busted From the Beginning
James Bovard
Obama’s Biggest Corruption Charade
Joseph Mangano – Janette D. Sherman
Indian Point Nuclear Plant: It Doesn’t Take a Meltdown to Harm Local Residents
Desiree Hellegers
“Energy Without Injury”: From Redwood Summer to Break Free via Occupy Wall Street
Lawrence Davidson
The Unraveling of Zionism?
Patrick Cockburn
Why Visa Waivers are Dangerous for Turks
Robert Koehler
Rethinking Criminal Justice
Lawrence Wittner
The Return of Democratic Socialism
Ha-Joon Chang
What Britain Forgot: Making Things Matters
John V. Walsh
Only Donald Trump Raises Five “Fundamental and Urgent” Foreign Policy Questions: Stephen F. Cohen Bemoans MSM’s Dismissal of Trump’s Queries
Andrew Stewart
The Occupation of the American Mind: a Film That Palestinians Deserve
Nyla Ali Khan
The Vulnerable Repositories of Honor in Kashmir
Weekend Edition
May 20, 2016
Friday - Sunday
Rob Urie
Hillary Clinton and Political Violence
FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditEmail